Diclazepam, interesting research drug

A basic knowledge of pharmacology and familiarity with the scientific names of drugs is a big help for consumers who just want to know about new products and how they may apply to a particular mental or physical ailment. However it’s not a simple field and it’s very hard to find easy-to-understand, concise definitions and descriptions.

Anyone who intends to buy diclazepam, for example, probably already knows that the drug is one of the benzodiazepines and a derivative or analogue of diazepam. The benzodiazepine drugs are aimed at reducing anxiety to one degree or another, depending on dosage and on the chemical makeup of different derivatives; the group includes dozens of different drugs commonly referred to as ‘benzos’.

Back to 1960

Diclazepam was first synthesized in 1960 by a research team at Hoffman-LaRoche but only in the last year or so has it become possible to buy diclazepam on the open market. It has become very popular in the U.K. and other countries: the manufacturers will ship to any country except the U.S., according to current reports.

One of the ways these benzos differ is in their ‘half-life’ i.e. the time it takes for the liver to metabolize them and the body to eliminate half of the active products in the drug via the urine. In the case of Diclazepam it takes approximately 42 hours (though this is not a final analysis and testing is still underway). At any rate half the active products could still be present in the bloodstream two days or longer after a single dose is taken.

Short Term

Medical professionals will not normally prescribe long-term usage of benzodiazapines due to potential build-up of the drug and increased risk of harmful side effects. In fact the UK Commission on Safety of Medicines suggested (about 25 years ago) that benzodiazapine drugs in general should be used only for short-term use of up to four weeks. If you buy diclazepam you should know that, like the other benzos, there are potentially harmful effects with any misuse.

Benzodiazapine drugs have been in extensive use for decades as treatment for various problems both psychological and physical. All of them have some anxiolytic value, the temporary relief of anxiety and may be prescribed for anxiety and/or panic attacks and phobias. This is the most common use for the benzos including diclazepam.

Clinical uses for Benzos

There are several other clinical uses for benzos, however. They are prescribed as hypnotics, a treatment for insomniacs to promote restful sleep, as myorelaxants for muscle spasms/spasmodic disorders and as anticonvulsants to stop convulsions due to some types of epilepsy or to drug poisoning. They are also used in some cases as amnesiacs, to impair short-term memory and as a sedation for minor surgical procedures.

The website for UK Chemical Services suggests that diclazepam will likely be a good substitute for Etizolam (another benzodiazapine analogue) commonly prescribed for sleeplessness, anxiety and muscle spasms. Currently it is possible to buy declazepam in the UK in capsules at a strength of one or two milligrams, at several different websites. However the sites specify that it is only sold as a research chemical – “not for human consumption.”

According to the various websites other countries have diclazepam ‘profiled’ as a prescription drug that has all the properties of benzodiazapines with equal effect at a lower dosage. It is not approved in the UK for any use except as a research tool, but it can be expected that at some point in the future UK residents will be able to legally buy diclazepam either by prescription or over the counter.

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